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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 69-75

Glucose level assisted monitoring diet – Impact on diabetes parameters, risk factors, and quality of life

AlaMirap Nutrition, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Parimala Jaggesh
Founder Director, AlaMirap Nutrition, #1, 6th Main 5th Cross Kashi Mutt Road, Malleswaram, Bengaluru - 560 055, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/cdrp.cdrp_1_22

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Background: There is an increasing need to revise diabetes management. Two-thirds of patients with diabetes do not have their blood sugar under control. There has been increasing evidence suggesting the positive impact of diet and lifestyle on blood sugar control. This study aims to demonstrate the adoption of the Glucose Level-Assisted Monitoring Diet (GLAM diet) validated by the aid of ambulatory glucose profiling and examine the impact of the GLAM diet on blood glucose concentration, lipid profile, and glucose variability. Methods: In this open-label, interventional pilot study, we enrolled 50 diabetes patients with or without hypertension to receive a GLAM diet, in addition to counseling. The primary outcome was the control and remission of diabetes. The secondary outcome was a composite of optimal maintenance of glucose concentration, optimal lipid profile, glucose variability evaluation, reduced insulin supplementation, diabetes-related complications following the GLAM diet, lifestyle modification, and overall quality of life through indicators such as sleep, stress, and nutrition. Results: GLAM diet significantly reduced Fasting Blood Sugar (FBS) (202 ± 65.47 mg/dL vs. 160.2 ± 37.75 mg/dL, P < 0.001), postprandial blood sugar (PPBS) (246.1 ± 74.74 mg/dL vs. 196.5 ± 45.48 mg/dL, P < 0.001), laboratory glycated-hemoglobin (9.2 ± 1.74% vs. 8.1 ± 1.5%, P < 0.001), and average glucose (182.4 ± 47.54 mg/dL vs. 152.2 ± 39.32 mg/dL, P < 0.001). The glucose remained within target increasing frequently after the diet was implemented (49.7 ± 27.11% vs. 65.6 ± 20.01%, P < 0.001) and although fell just short of statistical significance, there was a percentage decrease in glucose level above target (46.6 ± 29.17% vs. 27.6 ± 22.71%, P = 0.109) observed in the study group. Patients also experienced significantly reduced body weight, body mass index, waist circumference, hip circumference, body fat percentage, and Mean amplitude of glycemic excursions (MAGE), Continuous overall net glycemic action (CONGA), and standard deviation values in comparison to baseline. Conclusion: Patients initiated onto the GLAM diet had better glycemic control, lipid profile, and glucose variability along with enhanced sleep, reduced stress, and improved nutrition understanding in study participants. In conclusion, the GLAM diet apart from reducing glycemic burden also helped to improve the overall quality of life.

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